Mariacarmela Santarpia, MD, PhD

Medical Oncology Unit, Department of Human Pathology “G. Barresi”, University of Messina, Messina, Italy

Mariacamela Santarpia is a medical oncologist, PhD, and researcher at the Department of Human Pathology of adult and evolutive age "G. Barresi" of the University of Messina. In 2007, Dr. Santarpia pursued the residency in Medical Oncology and in 2011 she received a doctorate in Clinical Oncology (Title of Doctorate: Experimental Oncology and Translational Research on Tumors) from the University of Messina. From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Santarpia has worked as research fellow in the laboratory of Molecular Biology and Translational Oncology of the Catalan Institute of Oncology, Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona (Spain), mainly focusing her research activity on identification of predictive biomarkers and novel targeted therapies in lung cancer. From 2010 to 2011, she continued her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Molecular Oncology of the Dr Rosell Oncology Institute, Quirón Dexeus University Hospital, Barcelona (Spain), and she was responsible of several translational research projects on lung cancer. From 2012 to 2013, she worked at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (Italy), in the Division of Medical Oncology of the Respiratory Tract, and was mainly involved in conduction of phase I, II and III clinical trials. The results of Dr. Santarpia’s work have been presented at prestigious national and international conferences such as the American Society of Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting and the World Lung Cancer congress. Dr. Santarpia has published various peer-reviewed articles, numerous abstracts and book chapters and is the recipient of a number of honors and awards for her research activities, including the "Young Investigator Programme 2013” award from the "Umberto Veronesi Foundation". She is actually professor of Medical Oncology in several degree courses, including Medicine and Surgery and Nursing, at the University of Messina. Dr. Santarpia is directly involved in several clinical and experimental trials on lung cancer and other solid tumors, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer, conducted in the Medical Oncology Unit of the Universitary Hospital "G. Martino" of Messina.